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Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

Not sure they do: The majority of chronic alcoholics are actually underweight. Alcoholics who drink mostly beer (a minority) are getting a large number of calories just from the beer and alcohol, so often are overweight. Alcohol itself has almost as many calories per gram (8) as does fat (9), so people drinking a liter of vodka are taking in 1000svof cals. Just from the alcohol. Heavy drinkers also overeat. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more


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Do you really have to be overweight to be on a diet?

Do you really have to be overweight to be on a diet?

Diet: A diet is just a plan for eating, it doesn't have to be a weight loss diet. The best documented diet is probably the mediterranean diet. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a very rare disease that causes me to get hypoglycemia. I can also not eat certain this a bad sport idea?

What do you suggest if I have a very rare disease that causes me to get hypoglycemia. I can also not eat certain this a bad sport idea?

Suspense: Hi. OK, the suspense is killing me! What is the "very rare disease" that causes you to get hypoglycemia???And what does "I can also not eat certain this a bad sport idea" mean? ...Read more

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What to do if I have a very rare disease that causes me to get hypoglycemia. I can also not eat certain this a bad sport idea?

What to do if I have a very rare disease that causes me to get hypoglycemia. I can also not eat certain this a bad sport idea?

Do tell!: Hi. Please enlighten us all as to what is the "very rare disease" that causes you "to get hypoglycemia"! Enquiring minds need to know! ...Read more

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Nobody in my family is obese or even overweight. Why do I have to be obese? (5'6, 220lbs)

Nobody in my family is obese or even overweight. Why do I have to be obese? (5'6, 220lbs)

obesity: Genetics is just one component of obesity. You may have a non-obese family, but you may develop obesity for a number of reasons including hypothyroidism, steroid hormone imbalances, etc. Also, look at your habits. Do you eat healthy? Cut out the carbs, sugars, soda, junk food, and exercise 3-4 times a week. That should cure your obesity. ...Read more

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Do you have to be a drinker to get cirrhosis?

Do you have to be a drinker to get cirrhosis?

No: Alcohol is only one cause, and in the us has now moved into 2nd place to chronic hepatitis c. However, the combination of alcohol and hep c makes cirrhosis come earlier and in a more destructive form. Worldwide, hepatitis b is the most common cause. There are other causes as well - wilson's disease (hereditary), autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis and recently, obesity with fatty liver. ...Read more

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What to do if I have often noticed that diabetics are often overweight. Why is this?

What to do if I have often noticed that diabetics are often overweight. Why is this?

Obesity: Means you need more Insulin to get sugar into cells, 'stressing' beta-cells that produce insulin. If one's beta cells can't keep up with the increased Insulin demand, sugar doesn't get into cells, blood sugar rises= diabetes. ...Read more

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How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

BMI 40 or higher: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared. Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is a bmi of 30 or higher. Morbid obesity is a bmi 40 or higher, and is associated with increased increased disease, disability and death. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have wondered if I have binge eating disorder, but have concluded that I'm mostly just bored could use to get over this thing?

What to do if I have wondered if I have binge eating disorder, but have concluded that I'm mostly just bored could use to get over this thing?

Emotional Eating: Many people with binge eating disorder eat because of feelings that are emotionally uncomfortable. Boredom is often another word for a feeling that is unpleasant that you have not defined for yourself. Getting over this requires learning what you are feeling and how to tolerate this without turning to food. Counseling could help as well as support groups. ...Read more

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How do people get anorexia? Is it a genetic disease? If you want to be anorexic and act as one would, will you become anorexic?

How do people get anorexia? Is it a genetic disease? If you want to be anorexic and act as one would, will you become anorexic?

Anorexia nervosa: Excuse me -- why would you want a deadly illness? Anorexia nervosa does show genetic transmission; it is not complete, but studies with twins show that it's highly heritable. Others can develop it too, but people with this illness suffer and cause their families and significant others suffering too. Please consult a psychiatrist about your desire for self-harm. ...Read more

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Why do people with Down syndrome tend to be overweight?

Why do people with Down syndrome  tend to be overweight?

Overfeeding: Our culture often places emphasis on food as rewards or as a sign of love. Sadly, the down syndrome kid is vulnerable to a lifetime of joint problems, scoliosis& other issues aggravated by being over weight. It is critical in these kids to limit their diet to healthy foods & avoid the trap of feeling sorry for them ( thus giving them food for comfort).These kids can be nl wt if u let them. ...Read more

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Why do I have a high tolerance to drugs even though I'm underweight?

Why do I have a high tolerance to drugs even though I'm underweight?

Who knows?: One thing that we do know is that different people metabolize medications differently. There's a whole science to the study of the enzymes in liver that break them down, or active them. This is getting to be part of personalized medicine, but it's not for you-and-me just yet. Be thankful that you tolerate the stuff well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have two girls and would love to have a boy, is there anything that i could take, eat do. So much changes would be higher to have a boy ?

I have two girls and would love to have a boy, is there anything that i could take, eat do. So much changes would be higher to have a boy ?

Not specificly: It is the swimmer(sperm) who gets there first that determines the sex of the baby. There is no special position, tea, day of the month or whatever else you heard that makes any difference. ...Read more

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If I am an alcoholic, does that mean I will also be more easily addicted to other things?

If I am an alcoholic, does that mean I will also be more easily addicted to other things?

Definitly: Many people that have one addiction can be more vulnerable to other addictions either at the same time or down the road. All drugs of abuse cause a surge in Dopamine levels, this is what feeds an addiction so if one substance is removed another can come in, cause Dopamine to surge and drive the new behavior, be careful, have healthy support to boost dopamine, friends, family, exercise, meetings. ...Read more

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What to do if I am going to an endocrine and I'm bulimic but my mom doesn't know can they find out u have an eating disorder if u are not underweight?

What to do if I am going to an endocrine and I'm bulimic but my mom doesn't know can they find out u have an eating disorder if u are not underweight?

Bulimia is a : life threatening disease which (I think you may be a minor) your parents should know about. If you are binging and purging, tell your parents and get professional help. ...Read more

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Why do fat people have a higher tendency to suffer sleep apnea?

Why do fat people have a higher tendency to suffer sleep apnea?

Neck: Overweight patients tend to have more soft tissue around their neck and inthe back of their throat. Both neck size and the narrowness of a patients airway are risks for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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